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Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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18.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will give the latest annual balance of trade between the United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The balance of trade between the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union for 1987 shows a deficit of £384 million though turnover increased by almost 10 per cent. in 1987; United Kingdom exports fell by about 9 per cent. Ministers have emphasised to their Soviet counterparts our hope that a more balanced increase in bilateral trade can be achieved.